Max Scherzer was slated to start against the Padres tonight, but Dusty Baker announced pre-game that Scherzer would be scratched with a neck issue and Matt Grace would take his place on the mound.
Scherzer's neck issue has creeped from one side to the other and it appears to have come out of nowhere.
Baker later said that he knew something was up with Scherzer when he got to the park earlier than normal.
Scherzer will head to the 10-day DL, but no corresponding move has been announced.
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The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.
Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring.
The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.
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